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Merkato

#5,311 of 17,173 Restaurants in London
#5,679 of 18,055 Places to Eat in London
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196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SL, England
+44 20 77138952
Today
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wed - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Buffet, Reservations
Description: Tucked away on the New Caledonion Road near Kings Cross, London, Merkato...
Tucked away on the New Caledonion Road near Kings Cross, London, Merkato has won critical acclaim for its authentic Ethiopian cuisine and warm, cosy atmosphere. Small, but perfectly formed, the dining room is a jostling space filled with live musicians and an animated local crowd, and the helpful staff are always on hand to help you navigate the extensive menu. Popular dishes include the wot ��� a thick prawn or chicken stew served over traditional injera bread; tibs ��� which is grilled meat; and the kitfo ��� a distinctive dish made with raw ground beef marinated in chilli powder. Vegetarians can choose from diverse selection of dishes, and the cheap prices and overall jovial atmosphere are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.
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  • 9
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Another great evening at Merkato

A bunch of us meet up here once a year, and this year was as expected another lovely evening. The big, mixed platters are perfect for groups and the food is gorgeous. I'm usually the only vegetarian in our group (16 of us made it this year), but they always make up a platter of superb vege food too... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2014
Sara M
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Hampton, United Kingdom
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19 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Greater London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I go there every week, and I have never been dispointed. The mixed platters are a great way to enjoy the large variety of Ethiopian flavours, and species. The portions are very generous, and served by a very friendly staff. I have been in a couple of Ethiopian restaurants in London and other countries, and this is by far the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I love this place. I've to a few Ethiopian places in London, including a couple in Brixton, but this is the best. The food is exceptionally good (especially the Merkato Tibs) - I strongly recommend getting the sharing platters, which allow you try a variety of tasty dishes, and are big enough for a couple to share. The Ethiopian beer... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

All i can honestly say is the food tasted okay.. (way better than Marathon Restaurant accross the rd i may add, theirs arrived half cold half heated from microwave and extremly blands another storie) Back to Merkato.. i found one dish was overtly oily.. also what i ordered.. got home to find it was another dish entirely? that dish was... More 

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Hampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

A bunch of us meet up here once a year, and this year was as expected another lovely evening. The big, mixed platters are perfect for groups and the food is gorgeous. I'm usually the only vegetarian in our group (16 of us made it this year), but they always make up a platter of superb vege food too so... More 

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Albufeira, Portugal
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I had a mix of vegetarian food here, which was excellent - especially the shiro. The service was very friendly and the food exceptional value - I'd say it's great for a casual tasty treat, but probably too informal for a special occasion (though the food is good enough for one).

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London, United Kingdom
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

With a tastecard, our party of four paid under £10 for our meal - including drinks (beer and wine) so excellent value for money. However this is not the place to go if you want a dining experience - the surroundings were bare and rather... odd... and the service was completely absent. We had to wait an hour from ordering... More 

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London
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27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I've been here twice and both visits have served up tasty satisfying meals. We tried the veg platter, the beef, the lamb and chicken as well. All of them were great. The lady is incredibly friendly. The coffee was good too.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

It was my first experience with Ethiopian food. It's not for everyone, but I'm intrigued. I particularly enjoyed their traditional Ethiopian wine! What I really loved was the authenticity of the place. It's so common to come across knock offs of ethnic food, but this place serve pure and traditional Ethiopian food. They even don't have cutlery on the tables,... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Amazing place with outstanding food for a reasonable price. Service was remarkably fast and people very friendly. Definitely worth the walk, a bit deep into Caledonian Road.

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London, United Kingdom
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159 restaurant reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Had dinner here last Saturday evening - our first time back there in a couple of years. It is still very good. Portions may be smaller and prices a little higher than some of the other Ethiopian restaurants near by, but the quality of the food is better than most. The staff are lovely and attentive without being all over... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 77138952

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 38 - 53
  • Cuisine: African

Description

Tucked away on the New Caledonion Road near Kings Cross, London, Merkato has won critical acclaim for its authentic Ethiopian cuisine and warm, cosy atmosphere. Small, but perfectly formed, the dining room is a jostling space filled with live musicians and an animated local crowd, and the helpful staff are always on hand to help you navigate the extensive menu. Popular dishes include the wot ��� a thick prawn or chicken stew served over traditional injera bread; tibs ��� which is grilled meat; and the kitfo ��� a distinctive dish made with raw ground beef marinated in chilli powder. Vegetarians can choose from diverse selection of dishes, and the cheap prices and overall jovial atmosphere are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?